Pros / This internet security program detected 100 percent of Mac malware in independent tests.
Cons / Intego doesn’t detect or block Windows malware found on Mac devices very well.
Verdict / The Intego Mac Premium Bundle is an effective way to protect your Mac from internet threats, including ransomware.
The Intego Mac Premium Bundle X9 is a package of the company’s best programs, and it goes beyond antivirus protection to secure your Apple computer in other ways. This security program easily identifies Mac viruses, Trojans, spyware and worms, both on your computer and on USB-mounted drives, and it ensures they don’t embed themselves into your system. Intego also blocks ransomware, the newest and most aggressive type of malware threat. In addition, this Mac internet security software has a firewall and powerful parental controls to help protect your kids from inappropriate online content.
In the latest tests performed by independent laboratories AV-Test and AV-Comparatives, Intego VirusBarrier, the antivirus part of this internet security bundle, detected 100 percent of known and new Mac malware threats, making it one of the top programs in the industry. However, it didn’t do as well at detecting Windows threats, which sometimes lurk on Mac machines. While Windows malware won’t affect your Apple computer, you can inadvertently send a threat to a Windows user through file-sharing, email messages or chat.
Intego Mac Premium does use a lot of your computer’s resources as it scans for viruses. AV-Test and AV-Comparatives reported very significant lag on their test computers, around 40 seconds. During our own tests, we browsed the web, shared files, sent emails and opened other programs as Intego scanned our test computer. While we did notice some delay, the slowdown wasn’t as much as indicated by the third-party test results. If you need to keep the speed of your Mac and minimize the disruption, consider Kaspersky that offers just as much protection without creating as much drag to your computer.
Intego bundles all of its Mac internet security programs in a single folder, and you can pick and choose which ones to open, install and use. You don’t have to install every piece of software in the bundle, but they offer the most comprehensive protection when all of them are used together. The software package includes VirusBarrier, NetBarrier, Washing Machine, Personal Backup and ContentBarrier.
NetBarrier is the personal firewall portion of Intego’s internet security software. It helps keep malware threats from penetrating your system and attacking your computer or tracking your online activity. This Mac security program is also network aware, which means it adjusts to different protection levels based on whether you are connected to your home network or work network or using a public hotspot.
The program’s Washing Machine feature identifies and deletes any clutter that’s keeping your system from running at its best, such as cookies, application logs, trash and downloads you don’t need anymore. It also alerts you to out-of-date software, which can create weak points in your system where malware can get through.
This Mac security software also comes with online backup for your personal files, so if your system crashes or a virus gets through, you can restore all your current files and programs after Intego cleans up your computer.
The ContentBarrier parental control program lets you restrict what your children see and do online. You activate filters, such as for pornography, violence, drugs or online gaming, and the program blocks websites with content in those categories. You can also choose to receive notifications if your child sends or receives emails or chats with phrases such as “don’t tell your parents” or “are you home alone.” This is an especially helpful tool for tackling cyberbullying.
- Malware Detection
- Performance Loss
The Intego Mac Premium Bundle is one of our top picks for the best Mac internet security software. It consistently and accurately detects Mac malware and includes extra security features, such as a personal firewall, that further protect your whole system. It also looks for vulnerabilities on your computer and helps you close those gaps. The included parental control tools help you protect your children from dangerous sites and limit the time they spend online. Intego uses a fair amount of your computer’s resources, however, and isn’t effective at detecting Windows malware on your Mac machines.